Executive Committee

Meet the UiODoc executive committee for 2019/2020. You can also read a description of the positions and tasks.


Arsenii Zabirnyk, President. Marie Curie postoctoral fellow at Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. Arsenii investigates severe cardiovascular disease - aortic valve stenosis, trying to understand the mechanisms underlying pathogenic valve calcification and stop them. Previously he has investigated cardiovascular diseases and adult stem cells in Ukrainian research institutes and universities where he was also involved in temporary staff self-organisation. He is fond of free-diving, spearfishing and hiking – especially during the mushroom season.


Stefanie Falk, Secretary. Postdoc at the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.Stefanie studies the effect of elevated surface ozone concentrations on natural and semi-natural vegetation in northern Scandinavia.Her work includes mainly data analysis (models and observations) and modeling of various kind - from global-scale chemistry transport models via regional-scale chemistry models to process modeling at plant level. After finishing her PhD in Astroparticle Physics with a focus on radiative transfer of UV light in the atmosphere, she went on to study brominated very short-lived ozone depleting substances in the tropical stratosphere as well as the polar boundary layer. She is also member in the board of environmental physics within the German physical society (DPG) and the Sing-, Tanz- und Spielkreise Baden-Württemberg. She likes the arts, dancing, music (listening and playing), painting and sketching, any kind of needle work - but she also enjoys hiking and biking.


Veronica F. Blihovde, Treasurer. PhD Candidate at the Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Veronica is working on characterising a protein in breast cancer, which has previously only been characterised in prostate cancer. Specifically she is exploring the role and mechanism of this protein in breast cancer cells proliferation, survival and progression by analysing the expression of DNA, RNA and related proteins in human breast cancer cells. She is also involved in the Norwegian Biochemical Society (NBS) in Oslo as a member of the board. She likes gardening, hiking in combination with berry picking and knitting.


Lorenza La Rosa, Events Officer. PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History. Lorenza studies the production of the Roman ware "terra sigillata italica" and its use of natural resources. She combines technological studies with environmental data to assess how this tableware, symbol of Romanity, impacted the environment with its intensive production. Lorenza has previous experience working in university research projects, excavations, and in public outreach projects in schools and museums. She is an active environmentalist, fond of biking, reading and cooking.


Yizhou Shen, SiN Liasison Officer. PhD Candidate at the Department of Chemistry, Center for Materials Science and Nanotechnology. The research interest of Yizhou is to investigating the effects of water vapor and space charge on the surface chemistry of functional oxides. Before moving to Norway, he was involved in Elite Network of Bavaria in Germany. He is particularly interested in the advanced materials related to sustainable energy utilization. Besides, he is in fond of playing guitar, piano and basketball.


Margret Veltman, Representatives Officer. PhD Candidate at the National History Museum, Plant Evolution and DNA Metabarcoding Group. Margret is researching the impact of illegal harvesting and trade on plant genetic diversity. Partnering with the IUCN and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, she is working on specific groups of orchids that are endangered due to systematic overexploitation. Her project is part of the EU funded network ‘Plant.ID’, and aims to develop new tools for identifying plants with molecular data. Margret has an interdisciplinary interest in combining ethnobotany, bioinformatics and conservation. She also enjoys running, yoga and the outdoors.

Advisory committee

Yasemin Hacioglu, former PR officer. PhD Candidate at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages. Yasemin studies  poems within late eighteenth-century women's novels. She is working on how the culture of writing poetry is used within novels to explore how emotions and decisions can be composed. The project is part of the 'Literature, Cognition and Emotions' research group. Yasemin has previous experience working with university outreach schemes, and in women’s welfare support within and outside of academia. She is especially interested in welfare, well-being and outreach events and projects.



Riccardo Pulicani, former Events officer. PhD Candidate in Linguistics at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages. Riccardo studies the relationship between quantification and Information Structure in Romance languages, with a focus on Italian. He uses experimental methods to investigate how different syntactic environments affect the interpretation of sentences containing more than one quantifier (i.e. quantity words as “some”, “every”, “at least one”). His project is based on Generative Grammar (Chomsky, 1957) and on experimental approaches to the Syntax-Semantics Interface (Heim&Kratzer, 1998). Riccardo has previous experience working as interpreter and translator and as museum guide. He is also interested in events planning and outreach projects management.


Published July 4, 2018 6:11 PM - Last modified Aug. 4, 2020 2:03 PM